HAWAII HIATUS

To my fellow glams I have been on a hiatus. I’m currently in Hawaii soaking up the sun and admiring the beautiful beaches! I will be back soon with more reviews , tight wallet Tuesdays and whatever your hearts desire! Let me know what you’d like to see on the blog!
Love always,
Charrie

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Moisture Monday: Garnier Skin Renew Daily Moisture Lotion (anti-sun damage)

So I finally transitioned to a new daily moisturizer. I was using Timeless Secret SPF 20 moisturizer it was my absolute fav daily moisturizer but it is now discontinued and no longer existent. I used the very last of my last bottle yesterday and this morning started using my Garnier Skin Renew Daily Moisture lotion. The reason this product caught my eye was on the box it mentions it has an SPF 28 and it was also anti aging helping with uneven skin tone, sun spots, and fine lines. If I can give you one tip in life it is that sunscreen is imperative in your daily skin care regimen! Plus it was only $12.00 at CVS.

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So before I go on to tell you a little more about this product I have to admit that this might be my new fav face sunscreen! For one it is an SPF 28 and since I am african american it is extremely difficult to find a sunscreen that does not leave a white streaky finish on my face and this product has no white streaks what so ev! And I am feeling moisturized without looking overly greasy! So far so good.

The good good about the product.

reasonably priced for 2.5 oz

helps reverse visible signs of sun damage

studies show…RESULTS

instantly: skin is smoother and brighter

4 weeks: sun spots brighten, skin is more even and fine lines are diminished

Formulation Facts:

Dermatologist tested

Oil free 99.9%

Non comedogenic- wont clog pores

Allergy tested

Non Greasy.

Moisture Mondays.

Stay moisturized and SPF-ed up! Summer is right around the corner! I love the sun but the sun is no joke! Protect your beautiful skin!

I am glam.

I am gluttony.

Manic Monday: Kate Somerville exfoliate review

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It really is a manic Monday or better yet it was a manic weekend! Such an amazing weekend full of events! Birthday parties and the best blessing of all one of my BFFs delivered her first baby boy! Healthy and super adorbs! I’ve been at the hospital the past two days and decided a good exfoliation was necessary!

Exfolikate by Kate Somerville is one of my all time favorite exfoliators. The scent and the results are EVERYTHING. This product is so gentle  I can use it twice a week ! Keeps my  skin as smooth as a babies bottom and glowing like a pregnant mother! Those analogies work today because I have baby on the brain. 🙂 But in all honesty this keeps my skin clean, smooth, bright and glowing!

Another pretty cool thing is Kate Somerville has 3 different formulas of this product based on your skin type. There is exfolikate intensive exfoliating treatment, exfolikate gentle exfoliating treatment and exfolikate acne clearing treatment, and lastly the exfolikate body intensive exfoliating treatment. The prices range from $22 to $175 depending on size from 0.5 oz to a 5 oz size. It is definitely a little pricey but is equivalent to getting a facial by Kate Somerville they say!

This product can be used up to twice a week. You apply to the face and apply with circular motions. Leave on for 20-30 seconds. They say do not scrub and just let the enzymes do their job.

I wish I had a before and after photo for you! Maybe I will update this post with a photo. Have any of you tried this exfoliator?

This was the perfect relaxation for my busy weekend. Until the next manic Monday.

I am glam.
I am gluttony.

Tight Wallet Tuesday: RetailMeNot.Com

It’s my favorite day of the week! Tight Wallet Tuesday!

Today i’ll be giving you a secret website! Just kidding not that secret. Many of you probably already know about this site, or landed on it while typing in promo code on google. This place is magical if any of you online shop a ton, a majority of online shoppers rather not pay for shipping right? This site not only gives you free shipping codes, but it might even give you an additional 10% or maybe even 25% off your order with free shipping! And because I like to get the BEST BANG For my BUCK, I present to you the website http://www.retailmenot.com.Image

There are many websites very similar to this, but this one is my absolute fav. It’s extremely easy to navigate, when you type the website in the search field it will give you an average of what most consumers have saved and it has literally almost any and every website you can think of!

Also on the homepage it shows you all of todays top coupons!

Some of Tuesday April 16, 2013 Top coupons include:

Macy’s extra 20% off sitewide with free shipping over $75 coupon code: thanks

6pm.com earn points 10% off and free shipping

Walgreens 40% off all photo print orders: coupon code: allprint40

But for you beauty and fashion consumers here are some good discount codes as well:

Sephora.com- Free Tarte BB Cream with any purchase of +$25 code: BBPRIMER

Beauty.com- $10 off order of $50.00 or more

Bobbibrowncosmetics: 20% off sitewide and free shipping on orders over $65

Before doing any online shopping,stop by http://www.retailmenot.com and see what kind of goodies can be included in your order, or great discounts you can receive on an order! And always look for that FREE SHIPPING CODE. Most websites only allow one promotion card, so decide which is more beneficial for you!

Stay tuned for the next tight wallet tuesday!

Being glam on a budget.

I am glam.

I am gluttony.

Manic Monday: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask review

It’s Monday again! And I’m back with another cure for the Monday blues! When you get home kick off your shoes and relax your feet and try this organic, natural resurfacing mask by Tata Harper.

Have you guys heard of Tata Harper? Such an unbelievable line of skincare and aromatherapy products! First of all it is 100% natural ingredients, and non-toxic ingredients 100% of the time! That is extremely hard to come by with a skincare line. They manufacture their own products! They manufacture in small batches in their Vermont lab to ensure the freshness of their products. There formulas are concentrated with anywhere from 9 to 29 active ingredients in every single bottle! And best of all, all of the ingredients are grown on their own farm in Vermont to make sure that they are completely organic!

This company is also animal cruelty free there is no testing on animals what so ever!

ImageSo the mask that I will be talking about today and absolutely love is the resurfacing mask! This mask is designed to get your skin glowing immediately! It’s primary focus is to eliminate dull skin cells, and minimize the appearance of pores and keep the skin looking soft! It’s great for all skin types, but if you have sensitive skin eczema or rosacea it is not recommended.

How to use:

Can be used once a week for oil and blemish control.

For immediate glow apply a thick layer on a clean face.

Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes! 10 minutes if you have sensitive skin.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water. This product can also be used as a spot treatment, put a dab on blemish and let sit over night.

Because these products are extremely natural make sure to store in a cool dry place.

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Gel like consistency.

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Thick layer applied over face.

The Tata Harper resurfacing mask is 81% organic, with 11 Active Ingredients. Some of the Active Ingredients in this product are:

Pink Clay: Reduces pore size,detoxifies and tones without stripping the skin

Beet extract: promotes hydration in the outer layers of the skin

White willow extract: gently exfoliates

Witch hazel: minimizes pores and reduces inflammation

and

Aloe vera: naturally stimulates healthy cell growth!

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This is my Before and After of the Tata Harper resurfacing mask. You can really see the instant gratification of the brighter smoother skin.

If you ever get the chance to try this product you will be surprised at the results considering it is all natural botanicals! It runs about $55 a jar and can be found at the Tata Harper website http://www.tataharperskincare.com or  at your local Space NK  or the Space NK website http://www.spacenk.com. If you go to a Space NK they will be able to provide you with a sample that way you can give it a try before purchasing!

Make your Monday not so Manic and try this resurfacing mask, the ingredients will not only provide you with brighter and softer skin, but the scent of the botanicals will soothe your soul like aromatherapy.

I am glam.

I am gluttony.

VIB SEPHORA 15% CHIC WEEK HAUL

sephora free toteSo after I wrote my post this morning informing you guys of the VIB 15% off sale at Sephora I literally went into my nearest store. Although this awesome 15% promotion is ongoing though  Monday April 22,2013 I went in store today because the free Sephora tote for VIBS was valid only today and while supplies last. So I got it! That is the cute little tote on the left! It has the Black and white Stripes With a little rectangle in the middle of the bag that says “Sephora” with two black handles.

ImageInside the tote were a few samples, nothing crazy like a deluxe sample. Just simple little packet samples. They probably are random and vary per location. In my package I received too faced eyeshadow insurance which I will probably be able to get one use out of. The other samples I received are the Sephora Collections Super loaded age defy serum, the Sephora collection perfecting ultra smoothing primer and the Sephora age defy moisture cream spf 15. I am actually excited about trying these out because they get pretty good reviews on their website. The last 3 samples included Ole Henriksen sheer transformation which is an oil-free brightening moisturizer , Boscia Purifying cleansing gel and Versace Bright Crystal fragrance which is one of my favorite fragrances!

Now for my HAUL! There are a few things I always debate on and know I really want them but figured I’ll wait until I absolutely need them! I still don’t NEED them but at 15% why the heck not!

ImageMy first must have! GLAMGLOW Mud mask! Don’t you worry! I will be doing a review on this real soon! One of the best masks I have tried! Anyways this set retails at $69. So usually just the 1.2 oz itself cost $69 but you get the 1.2 oz of the super clearing mud mask and you get (2) 0.5 oz of the tingling and exfoliating mud mask. The best deal! And at 15% off you know I had to purchase it.

 

 

 

 

 

The other 3 items I got today were just some items that have either been sold out for a while or on sale. So when I ran across them I figured might as well get them while they are 15% off. I have this really weird mentality if its there at the time and i’ve been searching for it then it was meant for me to have it! So these are my meant to be’s!

Gluttony.

katvond foil lipstick

KAT VON D Foil Lipstick in “OH MY GOTH” on sale for $8 plus an additional 15% off.

nails inc leather effect boho

NAILS INC Leather Effect Nail Polish in Black- NOHO

This and the Red one are allllwwaays sold out!  Happy to get my hands on it.

and lastly,

naked basics palette

 

URBAN DECAY NAKED BASICS PALETTE

a nice neutral matte must have palette in anyones makeup kit!

 

Hope you enjoyed my haul from Sephora! Now all you VIB and Beauty Insiders go out there and enjoy your 15% off you have 11 days!

11 days to make an excuse to buy all types of things you do not need but at 15% off you have to HAVE!

 

I am Glam.

I am Gluttony.

 

SEPHORA VIB’s GET 15% OFF!

ImageThursday April 11 2013! Today is the day for all of you Sephora VIB’s to go in and get your 15% off any item in store! For all of us who have worked in cosmetics and/or love buying cosmetics it is very rare that the average consumer ever get discount on makeup, fragrance or skincare! Anytime MACY’s, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom have a big sale cosmetics are always EXCLUDED! So pretty much it’s a big deal! 15% might not be a huge amount but it will definitely save you $7.50 on that Naked 2 palette you’ve been dying to have or $12 on that new Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose that smells absolutely delicious! Which in turn allows you to probably purchase one more item that you might not have been able to afford at regular price! And Best of all Sephora is great at giving samples, and little gifts! So if you make it in to store today, while supplies last you’ll get a cute little limited edition Sephora tote loaded with goodies! And you know we ALL LOVE gifts with purchases! Im on my way out the door to go get a few of my favorite things! But just wanted to give you guys a reminder before I left! So if you’re a VIB get to your local Sephora and shop the day away at 15%!

Because we all love to save a little money!

I am glam.

I am gluttony.

Tight Wallet Tuesday: Ebate it! Ebates.com Review

It’s my favorite topic of the week! Tight Wallet Tuesdays! Today I will be telling you how to spend money and get money at the same time! Sounds crazy and sounds like there is a catch right?! But Nope this website is super duper legit!

It has been around since about 1999, but I just discovered it 6 months ago! I really wish I would have known about it sooner because you literally get money back for spending money. My first check I ever received was for $23.95 not too shabby! That will put some gas in your car or buy you a couple of good meals!

The best part about it is there are tons of different stores who participate with ebates. The cash back percentage fluctuates depending on the online store but I will give you the current rates of some of my fav places to shop!

SEPHORA.COM- 4.0% Cash back (sometimes 8.0% cash back)

NARSCOSMETICS.COM-4.0% cash back

TARTECOSMETICS.COM-4.0% cash back

DRUGSTORE.COM- 6.0% cash back

BEAUTY.COM- 6.0% cash back

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY- 5.0% cash back

NORDSTROM- 5.0% cash back

MACYS- 6.0% cash back

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This is one of the best inventions ever! The only thing is you have to always remember to access whatever stores website through ebates in order to track and accumulate your dollars!

Here is a screenshot of my current account! I am currently expecting the amount of $54.24! That I will use to shop some more! I am addicted to this site, and I promise you will too.

If you dont already have an ebates account click the link below :

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=%2FyWVc1PB3PFmTkZI1KBkkw%3D%3D

And let them know Charrie Lanette referred you! You won’t be disappointed!

You’re basically being paid to shop! That’s everyones dream job!

Tight Wallet Tuesday: Being Glam on a budget!

I am Glam.

I am Gluttony.

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Fountain of Youth Friday- AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Cream

Happy Friday! It’s the end of the week and it’s Fountain of youth Friday! Bringing you an amazing product to keep you looking young because Aging is over rated.

Today’s review is on AmorePacific’s Future Response Age Defense Cream! I am absolutely in love with this stuff and if I could drink it I would!

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For those who don’t know AmorePacific is a fabulous skincare line, a hidden little treasure ! It is a skincare line from Korea that feeds your skin with some of the best ingredients on the planet. This line is extremely innovative using botanicals and science to create products that really work!

So I first heard about this line from a friend who works at SAKS and got a formal training while working at Sephora Corporate. I am a product junkie and I love skincare, but this stuff right here is basically skincare crack!

It is a luxurious lightweight cream that is designed to fight free radicals, help with anti-aging, hydration and also reduce inflammation in the skin.

The texture of this product is so light it is almost gel like. It does not feel heavy on the skin but you can tell that your skin is getting the hydration it needs! And best of all for you sensitive skin, problematic skin, rosacea and eczema you can all use this too! It is sooo gentle.

Here are some of the main ingredients that make this product unique:

Rare Pine Mushroom and Green Tea: offers antioxidant protection. Defends skin against free radicals which cause irritation to the skin as well as aging.

and there signature ingredient

-AB12 Complex: Consists of 12 potent Asian botanicals; works to restore skin damage caused by harmful environmental factors.

If I was extremely rich this would be my night cream of choice! This 1.7 oz jar retails for $195. But honestly, a little goes a long way and it lasted me approximately 6 months. So if you divide $195 by 6 it breaks down to $32.5 a month! Totally worth it! I can spend $32 on who knows what on a random outing to Target!

If you can get your hands on this to try it one time! Try it, it is really good stuff. I swear by it.

Until the next Fountain of Youth Fridays:

Remember to preserve your sexy.

I am Glam

I am Gluttony

Manic Monday Mask Review: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

Everyone dreads Mondays for the most part right? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that says ” I looove Mondays!” haha. So after a long work day why not go home and pamper yourself with a mini facial? I’ve passed up trying this mask a few times because it calls for a 20 minute wear time. For most of us twenty minutes is a long time, there is usually not enough time in the day to complete everything you put on your “to do list”.  And sitting around for 20 minutes for your mask to dry is usually not one of the things on your list!

On a Monday after work this forces you to sit down and relax and do absolutely nothing, well maybe you can start prepping dinner or read your mail. For one, it is a peel off mask, for it to peel off correctly it needs to be completely dry. Secondly, it is extremely black, so you won’t be outside small talking your neighbor.

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The Manic Monday mask of choice is the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. It runs about $34 for a 2.8 oz size.  Best of all its for ALL SKIN TYPES : Normal, Oily, dry, Problematic. This mask was designed to detoxify, purify and brighten the skin. Because its packed with all these amazing things once the mask is removed its duties are to minimize the appearance of pores, firm the face, exfoliate, removes excess oil, and reduces inflammation.

It is packed with all the right things to get your skin glowing

Vitamin C: helps with brightening, minimize hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage, fighting free radicals, and fine lines and wrinkles.

Witch Hazel- A natural antiseptic that tightens the skin and works as an anti-inflammatory.

Calcium Montmorillonite clay- discovered in France containing 67 minerals. removes toxins, oils and excess dirt from the skin. It also soothes and conditions the skin.

How to use:

* Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin.

*Avoid eye area, eyebrows, hairline and lips

* Leave on for 15-20 minutes or until completely dry

*Gently peel off mask from outer edges

*Rinse off any residue with warm water

* Follow with toner and moisturizer

* Use once or twice a week

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After trying this mask I was extremely impressed. My skin was definitely brighter and tighter after removal. The one thing I did not enjoy was the pain when peeling off the mask around my hairline, and around the peach fuzz that we do not usually see. Man did it hurt! But I admit, it was absolutely my fault. It clearly states in the instructions “AVOID eyebrows, hairline and lips” I also enjoyed the mask because my skin is slightly sensitive, there was not much redness or irritation , and best of all a few days later there was not any break out.

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If you are in the market for a mask that is going to bring that glow back into your skin, I would suggest trying this Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. If I could give it a rating out of 10 of doing what it says its going to do I would give it a 9. If you are worried about having sensitive skin and you don’t want to commit to a full size just yet.  Head over to a Sephora and ask for a sample to see how your skin will react to it.  It’s definitely worth a try.

Manic Mondays at the office will drive you crazy, but theres nothing better than going home and pampering yourself with a mini facial.

I am glam.

I am gluttony.